History flows from the Manatee Mineral Spring.
Bubbling, fresh water is a source of life for people and for their animals and
crops. It satisfies their thirst and is a cool relief on hot, humid days. So, over many, many centuries, everyone who traveled or hunted or settled along this section
of the Manatee River took water rom this spring.
How do we know? Personal diaries and letters, military reports and naval log books, newspaper clippings, maps, and photographs reveal many parts of the story.
Reflections is hard at work preserving history of the many varied cultures that have called Manatee home. From the mound building Natives, the Seminoles, the Spanish fishing camps, the African-American settlement of Angola, Civil War era museum houses and down to today.
Reflections is dedicated to education through our informational programs, archaeology programs; with both youth groups and the public, as well as our many demonstrations both onsite and around Florida.
For the Native Americans whose mounds
were on the ridge to the south of the Spring and the maroons (free Blacks) who found freedom here in the 1810s, we must look to the tools of archaeology. Fragments of pottery and pipes, stone points, shells and shark teeth help reveal the story of people whose names are lost to time.
Preserving the History of Manatee - Architecture • Archaeology • Agriculture